Dec 9, 2012 9:00am PST
surgery again for a tumor in the same area. he won re-election back in october. >>> former south african president nelson mandela is said to be comfortable had and in good care in a hospital. south african president jacob zuma visited the 94-year-old mandela who is undergoing tests for an undisclosed condition. last year he was hospitalized for a respiratory infection. mandela became president of south africa in 1994 after spending 27 years in prison while fighting racist white regime. a key gop senator this morning said this morning they might support a higher tax rate for wealthier americans but it can only come in democrats agree to reform medicare and other major entitlement programs. such a compromise would represent the first real movement in the stalled talks on capitol hill to try to keep the country from plunge over a fiscal cliff come the first of the year. that's what major program cuts and tax hikes on all americans would automatically kick in unless there's a deal. >> everybody in this country will have to participate in some discomfort if we are to going to get out of this.